I used to dislike children. I still occasionally feel as if the sly smiles befalling their innocent faces hide a plan to take over the world. However, ever since I started living full time with my sister and my brilliant niece, I have found a new appreciation for how fun kids can be. I love coming home from work to my niece’s screams of “Stephanie!” That and the feeling of her tiny body barreling into mine in a hug makes my afternoons. We play games, practice her letters and numbers, and munch on ice while watching classic Disney films. She’s also my Goddaughter; the titles of aunt and Godmother plus the general overwhelming sense of affection I have for her will often consume me, and the only way to properly release that energy is to buy her lots and lots of stuff. Toys, games, and stuffed animals; nothing is ever too much for her.
My particular favorite item to gift my niece is, unsurprisingly, given my penchant for excessive shopping, is clothes and shoes! I squeal over adorable vintage patterned dresses, drool over cozy cardigans, and swoon over polka dot Mary Janes. Having never been in close contact with a child before this, imagine my surprise when those absolutely adorable cherry sandals I purchased for her a month ago no longer fit. I started feeling anxiety over the sheer amount of clothing she would go through over the passing years. I couldn’t help but think of all the parents that are at this moment concerning themselves with finding acceptable ensembles for their own school age children to dawn on those first days of classes in the coming weeks. With the sheer volume of available clothing choices, where on earth does a parent start?
Mall at Millenia has found a way to answer that question. In the month of July, just a few short weeks before the new school year begins, they have created a special Fashion camp and show to lend a little inspiration to the old adage, “What will I wear today?” Except this time it’s kid-sized. The solution is the Maile School Fashion Summer Camp.
The Maile School Fashion Summer Camp runs from July 15 to July 25. Mail Image, Modeling, and Acting school professionals will teach children ages 6-11 runway modeling, proper forms of social communication in public speaking and interview techniques, and even take headshots that undoubtedly will make your cute kids even cuter. All the kids involved in the Summer camp will then be featured in the Back to School Fashion Show on August 3 from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Grand Court. The event will showcase styles from many of Mall at Millenia’s most fabulous stores modeled by kids like yours.
Check at Mall at Millenia’s webpage for information on how to sign up your son or daughter for the Summer Camp. If you’re not interested grab your kiddies on the 3rd. If you like what you say you can take advantage of the sales tax holiday occurring from August 2-4. Any clothing purchase totaling less than $75 on this weekend in all of Florida will not be subject to that counties sales tax. It’s as if the Mall at Millenia knew this! Shopping for your kids need not be a stressful event if you know what you are looking for. Check out the Back to School Fashion Show and let them choose the outfits for you.